“Let Marriage Be Held In Honor”— Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage -- By: John Piper

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 17:2 (Fall 2012)
Article: “Let Marriage Be Held In Honor”— Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage
Author: John Piper

“Let Marriage Be Held In Honor”—
Thinking Biblically About
So-Called Same-Sex Marriage

John Piper

Pastor for Preaching and Vision
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Heb 13:1-6, ESV).

Today’s message is built around eight points designed to give a biblical vision of marriage in relation to homosexuality, and in relation to the proposed Marriage Amendment in Minnesota. I asked that Heb 13:1-6 be read not because I will give an exposition of it, but to highlight that one phrase in verse 4: “Let marriage be held in honor among all.” That is what I hope to advance, for the glory of God and for your guidance and your good.

(1) Marriage Is Created And Defined By God In The Scriptures As The Sexual And Covenantal Union Of A Man And A Woman In Life-Long Allegiance To Each Other Alone, As Husband And Wife, With A View To Displaying Christ’s Covenant Relationship To His Blood-Bought Church.

This is seen most clearly from four passages where these truths are woven together.

Genesis 1:27-28

Genesis 1:27-28: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.’”

Genesis 2:23-24

And then God linked his design in manhood and womanhood with marriage in Gen 2:23-24. When the woman is created from his side, the man exclaims, “‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

In other words, God created man male and female so that there might be a one-flesh sexual union...

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